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What Rug is Right for you and your Space

The rug can be the starting point of your entire concept it can actually root the design for all other ideas to branch off or it can be a great addition to a space that is already created by framing the space. It’s all dependent on where you are at in your design, the type of rug you are choosing and space it is going into.

There is more to a rug than people may first think for example a rug can dramatically alter the room’s overall ambience. A rug that is too small for your space can cause the room to feel uninviting. A rug that is too large for the room can make the room feel smaller. We are starting sound a little like we are talking about Goldi locks as the right-sized rug will bring warmth and balance to the room, creating the perfect starting point or finishing touch.

Living Room Rugs

Rugs are a common addition to a hard surface floor such as hardwood, laminate, or tile however I always suggest them with carpet too as they are a great Frame for open plan homes and the extra layer they bring to a spaces is so impactful. The reasons why rugs are so popular are practical and aesthetic, and yet some people may be uncertain as to whether they should cover up their beautiful floors with a rug.

Perhaps the most obvious reason to have a rug is for the aesthetics. Rugs do have a unique way of bringing together all of the elements of a room. For example, they can pull together various colours used in the space and create a frame.

Rugs Rose

However the benefits of these textured beauties extend far beyond style. If you are not sure if a rug is right for your space, then read on to learn how area rugs can actually improve the space. Such as:

  • Acoustics: Rugs will significantly decrease the noise in your space. Not only is carpet quieter to walk on than a hard surface floor, but it also absorbs sound from the air. Choosing the right rug for your space can make it comfortable in more ways than one.
  • Comfort: Obviously carpet is softer than hardflooring, and most people will agree that carpet is more comfortable to stand on than a hard surface floor. Not only does the carpet feel softer to the touch on your skin, but also its softness gives it flexibility, which allows the carpet to absorb some of the impacts of your footsteps. This literally takes some of the pressure off your body.
  • Warmth: In addition to being softer, carpet is warmer than hard surface flooring. It has a greater insulating value.
Long Island Rug

Bringing the space together: when properly placed, a rug can help marry the furniture in a room, which helps to create an ambient space. For example, a living room rug should be large enough that the main pieces of furniture such as the sofa, coffee table and occasional chairs for example are all sitting on the rug, or at minimum, have the front legs on the rug. Without the rug, it can feel as though the furniture is “floating” in the room. 


Secondly rugs provide a resting place for both body and energy. Rugs slow down the energy that flows through the home. Energy travels quickly over hard surfaces and more slowly over soft surfaces. Fast-flowing energy can create feelings of excitability or anxiety, so with nothing to slow down the energy flow, space can feel somewhat chaotic. Rugs introduce a sense of calm into the space by slowing the energy.


So when deciding on a rug remember:

  1. there is more benefits than you may have originally thought.  
  2. Choose the right size
  3. If you are adding to an existing design choose something that highlights the colours already used in the space
  4. Get advice if you are unsure from a designer or design savvy friend